Past Courses

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The International Course on Medieval Music Performance first launched in 2012, then under the auspices of Early Music Besalú. We officially changed to Medieval Music Besalú in our fifth year to reflect precisely the focus of the course. As you can see from the basic descriptions below for each year, the course has grown, increasing courses and workshops, specialized faculty, and offering more concerts to the town of Besalú and the Medieval music community.

 

2016 - Carmina Burana

5th International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 8-23, 2016

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS:

1) Voices & Instrument: Carmina Burana

  • Theory and Practice of Medieval Music: Accompaniment techniques for the Medieval song (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Officium in mane (José Pizarro)
  • Pythagorean Tuning for Singers (Cristina Alís Raurich)
  • Medieval Ensemble: Carmina Burana repertoire (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Chamber Music Sessions (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Instruments:
    • Voice (José Pizarro, Lorena García)
    • Vielle (Alejandro Hernández)
    • Citole (Martí Beltran)
    • Harp (Claire Piganiol)
    • Portative Organ (Cristina Alís Raurich)
    • Percussion (Dr. Maurico Molina, Octavio Beltrán)

 

2) Liturgical Chant: Liturgical Drama from Carmina Burana (Juan Carlos Asencio)

3) Ars Antiqua Workshop: The Conductus (Dr. Mark Everist, John Potter, Christopher O’Gorman, and Rogers Covey-Crump)

4) Developing the Medieval Ear: Pythagorean Tuning Workshops I & II (Cristina Alís Raurich)

5) Medieval Languages for Performers: Introduction to Medieval Latin (Dr. Valerie Wilhite)

6) Manuscript to Performance

  • Gathering the Medieval Song – Poetic Text, Melody and Song Construction (Dr. Valerie Wilhite)
  • Materializing the Song I – Performance Theories (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • The Song in the Medieval Pythagorean-Boethian Universe (Cristina Alís Raurich)
  • The Song and the Voice (José Pizarro)
  • Materializing the Song II – Constructing Performance with Voices and Instruments (Dr. Valerie Wilhite, Dr. Mauricio Molina, Cristina Alís Raurich, José Pizarro)

FACULTY:

  • Dr. Mauricio Molina
  • Cristina Alís Raurich
  • José Pizarro
  • Lorena García
  • Alejandro Hernández
  • Martí Beltran
  • Claire Piganiol

  • Juan Carlos Asencio
  • Dr. Valerie Wilhite
  • Dr. Mark Everist
  • John Potter
  • Christopher O’Gorman
  • Rogers Covey-Crump
  • Octavio Beltrán


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2015 - Music in the Medieval Iberian Peninsula

 

4th International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 4-12, 2015

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS:

1) Voices & Instrument: Music in the Medieval Iberian Peninsula

  • Theory and Practice of Medieval Music: Ornamentation for music composed before 1300 (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Officium in mane (José Pizarro)
  • Pythagorean Tuning for Singers (Cristina Alís Raurich)
  • Medieval Ensemble (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
    • Religious Repertoires – Cantigas de Santa Maria, Huelgas Codex, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat
    • Secular Repertoires – Cantigas d’Amigo, Catalan troubadours, Manuscript Sant Joan de les Abadesses
  • Chamber Music Sessions (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Instruments:
    • Voice (José Pizarro)
    • Vielle (Alejandro Hernández)
    • Citole (Martí Beltran)
    • Harp (Claire Piganiol)
    • Portative Organ (Cristina Alís Raurich)
    • Percussion (Dr. Maurico Molina)

2) Liturgical Chant: Mozarabic Chant (Juan Carlos Asencio)

3) Ars Nova Workshop: Music in the Papal Court of Avignon – 1309-1342 (Cristina Alís Raurich)

4) Developing the Medieval Ear: Pythagorean Tuning Workshop (Cristina Alís Raurich)

 


FACULTY:

  • Dr. Mauricio Molina
  • Cristina Alís Raurich
  • Juan Carlos Asencio
  • José Pizarro
  • Alejandro Hernández
  • Martí Beltran
  • Claire Piganiol
  • Octavio Beltrán

 


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2014 - Monophonic and Polyphonic Music from the 12th-13th centuries

 

3rd International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 4-12, 2014

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS:

1) Voices & Instrument: Monophonic and polyphonic music from the 12th and 13th centuries

  • Theory and Practice of Medieval Music: The rhythm of the Medieval song – following the treatises and musicological theories (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Officium in mane (José Pizarro)
  • Pythagorean Tuning for Singers (Cristina Alís Raurich)
  • Medieval Ensemble (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
    • Religious and Secular music from the 12th & 13th centuries
  • Chamber Music Sessions (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Instruments:
    • Voice (José Pizarro)
    • Vielle (Alejandro Hernández)
    • Citole/Lute (Pepe Morales Luna)
    • Harp (Claire Piganiol)
    • Recorders (Claire Piganiol)
    • Portative Organ (Cristina Alís Raurich)
    • Percussion (Dr. Maurico Molina)

2) Gregorian Chant: Plainchant sources, context and performance (Juan Carlos Asencio)

3) Ars Nova Workshop: Roman de Fauvel – French polyphony from the early 14th century (Cristina Alís Raurich)

 


FACULTY:

  • Dr. Mauricio Molina
  • Cristina Alís Raurich
  • Juan Carlos Asencio
  • José Pizarro
  • Alejandro Hernández
  • Martí Beltran
  • Claire Piganiol
  • Octavio Beltrán

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2013 - The Troubadours

 

2nd International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 9-15, 2013

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS:

1) Voices & Instrument: The Troubadours

  • Theory and Practice of Medieval Music: Melodic and rhythmic elements  in the performance of troubadour songs (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Officium in mane (José Pizarro)
  • Pythagorean Tuning for Singers (Cristina Alís Raurich)
  • Medieval Ensemble: Music of the Troubadours (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Instruments:
    • Voice (José Pizarro)
    • Vielle (Alejandro Hernández)
    • Citole/Guitern (Pepe Morales Luna)
    • Portative Organ (Cristina Alís Raurich)
    • Bagpipes / Hornpipe (Francesc Sans i Bonet)
    • Percussion (Dr. Maurico Molina)

2) Gregorian Chant: Liturgical Music for a Feast Day (Juan Carlos Asencio)

3) Ars Nova Workshop: Music by Petrus de Cruce, Johannes de Muris, and Phillippe de Vitry (Cristina Alís Raurich)

4) Weekend Choral Program (José Pizarro)

 


FACULTY:

  • Dr. Mauricio Molina
  • Cristina Alís Raurich
  • Juan Carlos Asencio
  • José Pizarro
  • Alejandro Hernández
  • Pepe Morales Luna
  • Francesc Sans i Bonet

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2012 - Songs and Dances from the 12th & 13th centuries

 

1st International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 9-15, 2012

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS:

1) Voices & Instrument: Songs and Dances from the 12th & 13th centuries

  • Theory and Practice of Medieval Music: Different Performance Indications from Medieval Sources / Pythagorean Tuning Theory (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Officium in mane (José Pizarro)
  • Medieval Ensemble: Songs and Dances from the 12th and 13th centuries (Dr. Mauricio Molina)
  • Instruments:
    • Voice (José Pizarro)
    • Vielle (Meritxell Genis)
    • Portative Organ (Cristina Alís Raurich)
    • Recorder (Tiam Goudarsi)
    • Percussion (Dr. Maurico Molina)

2) Weekend Choral Program (José Pizarro)

 


FACULTY:

  • Dr. Mauricio Molina
  • Cristina Alís Raurich
  • José Pizarro
  • Meritxell Genis
  • Tiam Goudarsi

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Posters:

 Early Music Besalú Choral Concert 2012

Early Music Besalú Choral Concert 2012 [pdf]